PSU hosts two-week international education leadership event
Author: John Kirkland
Posted: March 2, 2016

Portland State University (PSU) was one of three universities in the nation chosen to host a U.S. Department of State EducationUSA Leadership Institute, which brings representatives from throughout the world to the United States to learn about U.S. higher education, form partnerships and develop tools they can use in their own countries. 

PSU is hosting 15 foreign government officials and higher education administrators during the Leadership Institute program from March 1 through 13. The participants will complete academic residencies and explore topics such as U.S. graduate education, industry-private sector linkages and student mobility. 

PSU’s Office of Graduate Studies and Office of International Affairs were chosen to host the Leadership Institute after a selective competition administered by the Institute of International Education on behalf of the U.S. Department of State. Margaret Everett, vice provost for international affairs and dean of graduate studies is serving as the faculty lead, and Sally Mudiamu, associate director of international partnerships is serving as the academic director. The event is a cross-unit effort that draws on PSU’s strength as an anchor of graduate education in the region.

The EducationUSA Leadership Institutes are a component of the State Department’s EducationUSA network of hundreds of advising centers around the world. The centers provide prospective international students with information about U.S. higher education and support the international student recruitment efforts of U.S. colleges and universities. 

Education is one of the United States’ top exports, with international students contributing $30.5 billion to the U.S. economy, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.